The President of Pakistan dissolves the National Assembly, paving the way for upcoming elections.

Pakistan’s President, Arif Alvi, acted on the advice of outgoing Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to dissolve the National Assembly, effectively marking the end of the current government’s term and laying the groundwork for the upcoming general elections. The announcement was made through a notification issued by the Aiwan-i-Sadr and cited Article 58 of the Constitution as the basis for the dissolution.

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Prime Minister Sharif’s request for the dissolution was submitted to President Alvi three days prior to the scheduled conclusion of the assembly’s five-year constitutional term. Acting upon this advice, President Alvi proceeded to dissolve the National Assembly at midnight, in line with the recommendation provided by outgoing Prime Minister Sharif.

As a result of this dissolution, the current government’s tenure concludes prematurely. The announcement comes after the prime minister’s farewell address at the National Assembly, in which he shared his intention to seek the assembly’s dissolution.

The timeline for the upcoming events is as follows: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is mandated to organize elections within 90 days, given the premature dissolution of the assembly. This timeframe is extended due to the need for delimitation, which is necessary following the approval of new census results. Delimitation must be carried out within 120 days before the election schedule can be announced by the ECP.

Prime Minister Sharif and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Raja Riaz, will collaborate to finalize the selection of an interim prime minister. If a consensus cannot be reached within three days, the matter will be referred to a parliamentary committee responsible for the appointment of the caretaker prime minister. In the event that this committee also faces difficulties in making a decision, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will ultimately choose the caretaker prime minister from the names proposed by both the opposition and the government.

The dissolution of the National Assembly signifies the conclusion of the 15th National Assembly’s five-year term, which commenced on August 13, 2018. The assembly was formed following elections held on July 25, 2018.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) core committee, in response to these developments, intends to provide a comprehensive analysis of the perceived impact of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM)-led government before the nation. This decision follows the culmination of the PDM government’s 16-month tenure.

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